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Joe Tuah Ate Human Grease & Flesh...Witness Tells TRC Bong Hearings

Joseph Sulon, a classroom teacher in the town of Duawa said General Tuah in 1994 arrested 16 boys in the town and cut open the gut of one of his captives who tried to escape.

After the victim was chased and apprehended, the witness explained, Tuah personally cut open his stomach and poured human grease into a jar. He said General Tuah and men then dismembered the victim's stomach and cooked the heart, liver and other parts for meal.

Sulon said the other 15 captives were taken to another location where they were all slaughtered. He explained that their decomposed remains were later discovered in the surrounding forest.

He also recounted that fighters of the artillery brigade of the NPFL under Mr. Tuah's command killed over 100 civilians in the town of Foloblah during a counteroffensive against LPC fighters.

The witness explained that in November 1994 after the fighters recaptured the town they went on an arson attack, burning down the homes of the inhabitants.

Mr. Sulon said the fighters gutted the homes of their victims with fire and shot others who attempted to escape the raging flames.

He said the fighters also massacred 24 civilians in the town of Bellah, Bong County.

The witness said the fighters claimed they were acting upon orders from NPFL leader Charles Taylor who instructed them to kill all civilians in the area for collaborating with the Liberia Peace Council (LPC).

The TRC is an independent body set up to investigate the root causes of the Liberian crisis, document human rights violations, review the history of Liberia, and put all human rights abuses that occurred during the period from 1979 to 2003 on record. The TRC mandate is to also identify victims and perpetrators and make recommendations on amnesty, prosecution and reparation.

The ongoing rural public hearing is being held under the theme: "Confronting Our Difficult Past, For A Better Future."

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